Manchester United go up against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Sunday. Jose Mourinho’s men will be looking to take all three points and keep the winning Momentum after the Red Devils won 2-1 at home against Leicester in the opening fixture of the Premier League. Brighton, on the other hand, will be looking for a change of fortune after a 2-0 loss against Watford. Chris Hughton will be hoping his team can put in a repeat performance from three months ago when the Seagulls beat Manchester United 1-0 at Home.
🗓 Sunday 19 August
🏟 Amex Stadium
⏰ 16:00 BST kick-off
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 18, 2018
Should Manchester United win today, Jose Mourinho would set a new Club record- the first United Manager to win his opening two games of a season in all of his first three years as boss.
Brighton: Columbian winger Jose Izquierdo and Florin Andone will most likely return to the squad having missed the trip to Vicarage Road on Matchday 1. Izquierdo could earn his first start of the season after returning late following his World Cup exploits with Colombia in Russia. It is still unclear whether Florin Andone will have recovered from his groin problem. Captain Bruno is the Seagulls’ only other concern, the right-back was withdrawn during the first half against Watford last Saturday.
Predicted XI: Ryan, Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo, Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March, Gross, Murray
Manchester United: Nemanja Matic recently underwent surgery for an abdominal issue picked up at the World Cup in Russia. New signing, Diogo Dalot has also undergone an operation for a knee problem. Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo also had surgeries picking up injuries while on International duty. Antonio Valencia limped out of a Pre-Season game with San Jose Earthquakes with a calf injury, while Ander Herrera is out following a hamstring problem during the loss to Bayern Munich in United’s final Pre-Season Game.
Predicted XI: De Gea, Darmian, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw, Fred, Andreas Pereira, Pogba, Mata, Sanchez, Lukaku
Brighton & Hove Albion- Pascal Gross
💬 "For me personally, it was the best football moment of my life."
— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) August 18, 2018
Gross was Brighton’s best player last Season, scoring 7 and assisting 8 in his debut campaign with the Seagulls. The German Midfielder will be looking to better that tally this Season and a good performance against Manchester United will be a big boost for him.
Manchester United- Paul Pogba
— Premier League (@premierleague) August 19, 2018
Manchester United’s record Signing will be looking to have a major impact for the Red Devils this Season and will be hoping all the controversy and speculation regarding his future is now behind him. Pogba is a World Champion and Manchester United’s captain for this game, there is no better time than now to prove all his critics wrong.
Prediction: Brighton 0-1 Manchester United
Mourinho will pull the win off, get an early goal and then park the bus. Centre-Backs Lindelof and Bailly are looking solid and a clean sheet shouldn’t be a problem.